Jacques Beloeil
Bidules 1–9
LP (E64)

Casio SK1; rapidly-deflating cheap batteries; a bottomless
bottle of good red wine; an unexpected visitor, wielding an
accordion and tapping empty glasses...
  This series of single-take pieces, amusingly requiring several
years to ready for this release, was made in London in 2005.
Thanks are due to James Mannox (the aforementioned visitor)
and to Rashad Becker for stirring this recipe to perfection.

“Never eat more than you can lift”
Miss Piggy

See also
Beloeil/Anacker (E86)


Edition of 250 copies
Out of print


Full length LP from this French bonhomme who has made
two other CDs for the label, Guillotine and The Bath Of
, titles which for some reason makes me want to peg
him as a Surrealist collage-artist trying to improve on
Max Ernst’s Une Semaine De Bonté. This LP divides sharply
into two sides. The Agreement side boasts some pretty
wild electronica loopiness which burbles away in relentless
fashion, almost veering out of control like a tremendous
amount of coloured candies being fed into a coal-chute by
a concrete mixer. Very maximal! The barrage of subterranean
sweeties subsides briefly in the middle of the composition
allowing M. Beloeil to pick up his electro-acoustic stylo for a
little doodling on the drawing pad of INA-GRM, and then it's
right back to the blocks of unusual sound (plus extra sheets
of white noise fuzz) which are increasingly lined up like child-
ren’s blocks in the playpen, spelling out incomprehensible
messages. In fact Beloeil might be trying to invent a new
language. He certainly seems happy to let these digital
manifestations of his id run rampant. Apparently there’s
some recordings of accordion music in here, played by
guest musician James Mannox. I’d never have guessed.
The Reaction side is completely different to be above
and is a set of experimental electro-pop tunes with drum
machine beats and artificial processed sounds. In fact,
one wonders if Beloeil is simply and deliberately using the
factory presets on some Casio product. These eight pop
tunes, filtered through the mind of a supreme ironist,
are verging on the ‘cheesy’ and could easily pass them-
selves off as refugees from a record of Library Music, or
a 1970s schools and colleges soundtrack record. Colourful,
fun, entertaining.

Ed Pinsent in The Sound Projector

A schizophrenic LP by French composer Jacques Beloeil,
which at points appears to have been authored by two
different people. One side is a creaking suite, with plenty
of hiss, environmental noises, and a dazed accordion
(played by guest James Mannox). The other side contains
eight short mechanical arabesques for a little Casio SK1
keyboard, of a muzak/vintage nature...

Nicola Catalano in Blow Up